Monday, April 29, 2013

What's On The Menu?

Where did the weekend go already?  Actually the last week for that matter.  It's been non-stop on the go it seems this past week.  However, we had a good week overall.  This weekend flew by.  Ava had softball practice on Friday and then afterwards she stayed overnight at one of her best friends.  Saturday Ava came home and had her friend over for a couple hours to play.  After that we were off to my nephew's bowling party.  All the kids had a great time doing that.  We ended up having my niece sleep over so she wouldn't be stuck at home with her brothers and several of their friends.  So we stopped at the Redbox on the way home and picked up some movies and a Wii game.  Sunday was a day of playing inside for the girls.  It rained here all weekend long, so it was a weekend of indoor type activities.  Alyssa ended up leaving around 6:45 and then it was time for Ava to practice her spelling words, get a shower and then not long after that bedtime.  I am so excited that we only have 3 weeks left of school.  I wish the weather would feel more like Spring than it has.  Over the next couple days we have weather in the 70's and 80's even, but then after Wednesday our temps start to drop into the mid-50's again.  What's the weather like where you are?  As finicky as the weather we are having in Illinois?  This week we have more softball practice (weather permitting), I have a couple photo sessions to do, but not much else other than that and of course work, but that's a given.  I've started doing some spring cleaning (slow going this year lol) and I am hoping to get more of that done this week too.  Here is this week's menu.  
  •  Steak topped with blue cheese, baked potato, and salad
  •  Chicken Enchiladas and spanish rice
  •  Goulash, garlic bread, and salad
  •  Chicken noodles, mashed potatoes, and green beans
  •  Pizza bread 
  •  Monterey Chicken, garlic and rosemary smashed potatoes, and salad
Have a wonderful week ahead!  :)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Throwback Thursday

My three nephews (L to R) Jordan, Kylar, and Austin.  This photo was taken a little over 7 years ago. Jordan was 3 1/2 years old.  Kylar was 8 years old and Austin was 5 years old.  They were close then, and still are to this day. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Softball Practice...Finally!

Finally this past Sunday, Ava and her teammates were able to get on the field for their first practice of the season.  Finally!!!!  The last 3 practices have been cancelled due to the crazy weather we've been having across the Midwest! So glad we are not diving head first into the season without any practices at all.

Last year the practices lasted only an hour.  This year the practice is 2 hours long.  That made me a bit leery since I wasn't sure the girls would be able to hold out for 2 whole hours, but they all did great.  No complaining or whining that they were tired and they only had like a 3 minute break to get a drink and then back out on the field they went.  And they had fun the whole time too. Which is equally important! lol   

Several of Ava's friends are on her team and perhaps that is what makes it the most fun of all for them.  We are moving the practices from Tuesday to Sunday instead, so our next practice (weather permitting) is Friday. So it is pretty much softball practice most of the weekend for us.  :)

Monday, April 22, 2013

What's On The Menu?

A brand new week and the last full week of April.  I can't believe we are almost done with April. Happy Earth Day today!  Any special plans or projects for today?  Since we are still dealing with pretty cold temperatures at night we won't be planting anything just yet, but we will discuss how we can take better care of the Earth, what we are doing to help the environment already, and go to the small walking park down the street to pick up any litter.  Afterwards we will have a picnic for dinner at the park.  Another busy week ahead for us. We finally were able to have a softball practice yesterday.  Ava was so excited.  Several of the girls on her team are also part of her Girl Scout troop and her friends.  So that makes for an even more exciting season.  She did really good for her first practice.  So we are excited to see what this season brings.  :) Ava has softball practice on Tuesday (hopefully?!?!). We have rain in the forecast again on Tuesday, so keeping our fingers crossed she actually does have practice.  We've had so much rain around here lately it's just crazy.  My nephew Austin's birthday is on Wednesday.  He is turning 12.  Thursday, Ava has Girl Scouts and Friday we are supposed to have softball practice. Saturday we do not have anything yet on the calendar.  Sunday we have softball practice for 2 hours if the weather cooperates.  Hopefully, I find some extra time this week to get back to my sisters house and continue on with the endless scraping of paint off her stone foundation.  Weather permitting of course.  Keeping this week's menu fairly simple this week since we have a full schedule.  
  • Club Sandwiches, fresh veggies and dip, fresh fruit
  • Loaded Nachos 
  • Dinner out on Wednesday 
  • Italian Chicken, baked potatoes, and salad
  • Roast, carrots, and potatoes
  • Brat burgers, macaroni and cheese, waffle fries, and vegetable
And that is what this menu is planned to look like this week.  :)  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Throwback Thursday...

Going back 30 years for this one!  Eek! What was my Mom thinking dressing me like that.  lol

Monday, April 15, 2013

What's On The Menu?

So sad to see the weekend end.  It was a great weekend overall for us.  Ava's first softball practice was cancelled on Friday due to the weather, but we had my niece over for a sleepover instead.  I got in lots of time holding my niece Aliyah this weekend too.  Which makes the weekend pretty darn great.  We went to my brother and sister-in-laws for dinner on Saturday night and the kids had a great time playing with each other.  Then Sunday we were at my sister's house.  She cooked on the grill for lunch.  The kids played.  My niece Olivia is learning to ride without training wheels.  She only needs you to hold the bike up long enough for her to get her balance and her feet on the pedals and she is good to go.  She doesn't go too far yet before stopping, but by the end of the week I think she is going to have it.  She keeps telling herself "I can do it, I can do it".  It's too cute!  We ended up even having dinner at my sisters house since we were there literally all day.  I ended up scraping more of the paint off her stone foundation as well yesterday, so hopefully in the next few weeks we can have it all scraped and painted.  lol  Wishful thinking, I think to have it done in the next few weeks.  This week we are supposed to have rain all week long.  Ava is supposed to have softball practice on Tuesday and Friday, but if the forecast holds true, it looks like both practices will be cancelled.  I hope we get in some practice time before our first game.  Eeek.  Not too much on the schedule this week.  Ava gets out of school early on Wednesday because it is mid-term for the quarter.  Can't believe we only have about 4 1/2 weeks of school left.  We are both excited about that.  My oldest brother's birthday is this week and he turns 38.Overall though a pretty laid back week, especially if our softball practices get cancelled.  Onto this weeks menu:
  • Italian Beef Sandwiches, Greek Salad, Hash brown casserole, and green beans
  • Grilled Turkey Sandwiches, baked seasoned french fries, fresh veggies and dip
  • Chicken Quesadillas and salsa and chips
  • Baked BBQ Chicken, pasta salad, fried potatoes, and corn on the cob
  • Pizza and salad
  • Bacon and Blue cheese burgers, macaroni & cheese, and salad
Enjoy your week ahead!  :)

Friday, April 12, 2013


Can't believe she is 2 weeks old today!  I took this photo of her last night and she wasn't going to let me have her pacifier for anything.  She still melts my heart though.  Love her to pieces.  :)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Throwback Thursday...

 Throwback Thursday is all about posting a photo of the past. So here we go.  :)

This is one of my favorite photos of my Mom.  She was about 20 years old when this photo was taken. My biological Dad took this photo of her.  I'd love to know what she was thinking or even looking at when he took this photo of her. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

What's On The Menu?

Wasn't it just Monday like 2 days ago.  lol The weeks are just flying by and ours has just gotten busier with one simple little e-mail I received on Saturday.  Softball practices start for Ava.  My calendar is pretty full now and we are only starting the 2nd week of April.  We have softball practice now on Tuesday and Friday evenings. Ava has Girl Scouts on Thursday evening.  I have a couple photo sessions lined up this week, as well.  One being my niece who I am super excited to try to photograph since she is a newborn!  She will be the youngest one I've ever photographed.  The forecast has us set up for some crazy thunderstorms and rain this week.  We are in the low to mid 70's early in the week, but by Friday our high is around 46 degrees.  Mother Nature seems to be in quite a mood this Spring.  lol  If the weather isn't too crazy with rain though, it looks like I will be spending quite a bit of time at my sisters house this week continuing to help her scrape the paint off the stone on her house.  We started on Friday and it looks like we barely made a dent in it.  Talk about an upper body work out.  We were both super sore come Saturday.  My sister worked over the weekend and we had the funeral for my Uncle so we are hoping to get back to it this week if the weather cooperates with us.  But I don't think I will be out there scrapping if it is in the low to mid 40's.  Ok, so onto this weeks menu.
  • Cajun Chicken Sandwiches with Provolone cheese, tater tots, and vegetable
  • Pizza Bread and Salad
  • Steak Sandwiches, shoestring fries with cheese sauce and bacon bits, and salad
  • Spaghetti, garlic bread, and vegetable or salad
  • Chicken strips, macaroni & cheese, and vegetable
  • Lemon Pepper Chicken, garlic and rosemary oven roasted potatoes, and vegetable
Have a wonderful week ahead!  :)

Welcome To The World Baby Girl...

My niece (Aliyah) made her arrival on March 29th and our family could not be more thrilled.  She was 4 days over her due date and that is unheard of when it comes to my sister-in-laws babies.  All three of her oldest children were between 2 1/2 to 3 weeks early. Aliyah was definitely worth the wait though.  

Just a couple hours old. I think we are all head over heels in love with her already. She weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz.   

She looks a lot like my brother, except for her little nose.  That is identical to her sister and one of her brothers.  

Aliyah at 1 week old.  Ava thought it would be funny to put these "glasses" on her. Welcome to the world Aliyah Marie.  I am so happy to be your Aunt DeDe.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Newest Set of Cards...

I've been stalking my mailman this past week waiting on my newest set of business cards to arrive.  Not because I'd run out, but I couldn't wait to see the finished product of the card I created. 

All I can say, is that I am beyond thrilled with the outcome.  I chose a different type of paper this time.  Typically, I do not like a gloss finish, but this paper was perfect for my cards.  I love the feel and the weight of the cards and I like that it completely stands out.  It is also a card that makes you want to look twice at it...and even a third or fourth time.  Times like these, I am grateful for all the experience I had working in the copy and print field.  It allowed me to tap into some creativity I might never have.  :)

Monday, April 1, 2013

What's On The Menu?

A new week.  A new month to start.  I can't believe we are already 4 months into the year already.  Oh how time passes so quickly.  Ava's Spring Break has passed so fast this week.  It feels like we were on the go and so busy this past week. Today is her last day of Spring Break before school starts back tomorrow.  This just makes me so ready for Summer break and I am hoping these next 7 weeks pass by quickly.  My newest little niece arrived this past Friday at 11:25 a.m.  I will follow up with a post and a couple photos of her in another post either today or tomorrow.  I will say we are completely head over heels in love with her already.  She is truly a blessing and our family is so blessed.  Easter has now passed as well and we had a quiet and relaxing day at home.  It was nice to spend the last days of Ava's break together.  Yesterday, we received some sad news in regards to one of my Uncles who has been battling cancer the last several months, hospice has been called in last week and yesterday they said he has possibly 24-48 hours left.  He has lasted long enough to see both of his newest grandchildren be born (one in December and the other in late February).  We are so lucky for that.  He also saw his wife of 40 years celebrate her 60th birthday a month ago.  Our family has a strong faith and we know when God decides to call him home, we will be rejoined again in heaven.  Any prayers for our family during this time is appreciated.  Overall, I am keeping the week pretty open without a lot of things on the calendar since we don't know what our week will hold with my family. Hopefully this week I will hear from Ava's coach for the softball season to see when softball practice starts.  Should be here soon.  Ava is quite excited about that and I am too.  It's fun to watch her out there playing with her friends. Well here is this weeks menu for us:
  • Turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy, and vegetable
  • Italian Beef Sandwiches, hash brown casserole, and salad
  • Chicken Alfredo with broccoli and breadsticks
  • Monterey Chicken, garlic and rosemary smashed potatoes, and salad
  • Salisbury Steak, mashed potatoes, and vegetable
  • White Chicken Cheesy Enchiladas
Have a wonderful week ahead.  :)